Diva Art: designed for creative graphics and luxury packaging

Packaging Solutions Lecta’s Diva Art is a new one side coated paperboard with an outstanding silk finish noteworthy for its printability and rich colour reproduction in offset and digital printing, in addition to its perfect folding characteristics and exceptional resistance to cracking. Diva Art paperboard offers outstanding finishing and converting properties, and is ideal for a wide range of end uses such as book covers, folders, labels, postcards and greeting cards, as well as packaging for cosmetics, perfumes, premium beverages and chocolates or confectionary. The range is available in substances of 220, 250, 280, 300, 330 and 350 g/m2. For the launch of this new product and presentat

Cepac’s Arcwise range adopted by world’s best gin and tonic brand

Packaging Solutions Crowned the world’s best gin and tonic in 2016 by IWSC, Hernö Gin has turned to Cepac to provide an eye catching gift pack using its Arcwise range. Cepac was approached by the Swedish distiller to produce an outstanding pack for its gift range. Hernö Gin requested a pack with shelf appeal that would house a bottle of its London dry gin and two bottles of premium tonic. The award winning combination was created with Fever Tree tonic. The innovative design was created in collaboration with the Arcwise team at SCA. Cepac holds the UK rights to the innovative curved corrugated Arcwise range which offers exceptional printing and cutting solutions not possible with conventional

Scott Labels invests in a bizhub label printer

Packaging Solutions Scott Labels has entered the digital print arena thanks to an investment in a bizhub Press C71cf. Prior to taking delivery of the bizhub, Scott Labels was a 100% flexo print shop, running a fleet comprising two six colour flexo presses, alongside a 1-colour printer and die cutting machine used for plain labels. The presses were running to good capacity, but with increased demand for short run, multi colour, multi version labels, the company needed to look for a more effective way to process these orders. ‘Running short run, multi colour, multi version labels on the flexo presses was both time and cost intensive. We had to constantly change the plates, and it was difficult

Coca-Cola Uses the force of Ardagh's shaped aluminium bottles for Star Wars Limited Edition

Packaging Solutions Coca-Cola has teamed up with Ardagh to create an eye catching packaging presentation for its limited edition Star Wars: The Last Jedi Coca-Cola Zero Sugar bottles. Each 25 cl shaped aluminium bottle uses the high definition, high resolution printing expertise of Ardagh's specialist plant in Beaurepaire, France to feature one of the film's six main characters. These highly collectable bottles celebrating the second film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy are available from selected retailers in the UK, France and Benelux to coincide with the film's release in December 2017. Marc Bettinger, sales director Aluminium Packaging, Ardagh Group –Metal Division, commented: ‘It is an

Meteor collaboration sees Xaar 1201 in graphics and textiles

IndPrint Xaar has announced a collaboration with Meteor Inkjet to produce an inkjet development kit and commercial drive electronics set for the Xaar 1201 printhead. The specially developed ecosystem from Meteor enables OEMs who use the 1201 to develop printers for the graphics and textiles market to maximise the printhead performance. ‘We chose to work with Meteor Inkjet because its electronics – which are designed to be power efficient, compact and flexible – are the perfect way to get the maximum performance from the 1201,’ said Simon Kirk, senior product manager at Xaar. ‘Whilst the printhead is a key part of any print system, there are a number of components that make up the printhead e

The Label Makers produces festive labels for Simpkins

Packaging Solutions Yorkshire based confectioners Simpkins has launched three new limited edition sweet flavours in time for Christmas. The trio – Christmas Pudding, Mince Pie and After Dinner Sprout Mints – all display festive labels produced by The Label Makers. In contrast to the more traditional flavours and designs that Simpkins release at this time of year, the quirky new flavours are currently being sold only in the UK, prior to being released to the firm’s international customers in time for Christmas 2018. The family business exports to over 40 countries throughout the world, producing 80 lines of sweets from its base in Sheffield. Of their long standing relationship with The Label

District Photo places Tharstern MIS at its core

Print Solutions Tharstern has secured a ‘significant’ deal to provide a management information system to help District Photo, one of the world’s largest direct to consumer photo fulfilment operations in the world, set up a new commercial print operation called District Print. In a move that is central to the huge growth aspirations for the Maryland, USA headquartered company, installation has now started for the MIS from Tharstern. Julian Marsh, director of Commercial Printing, who has moved to Maryland from sister company Harrier LLC in the UK, said: ‘I have worked with Tharstern successfully for different companies for over 25 years. However, for this important project we went out to tende

Kingsmoor Packaging produce rPET container for Costa’s festive club sandwich

Packaging Solutions Somerset based Kingsmoor Packaging has worked with the Adelie Foods to produce a premium thermoformed rPET container for Costa Coffee’s club sandwich product. The lightweight clear pack, featuring a base and lid design, was produced to launch Costa’s Christmas sandwich menu. The leading thermoformer, a previous Adelie Foods’ supplier of the year, provide the convenience food group with plastic packaging primarily for its Food to Go (FTG) requirements, covering mostly salads and sandwiches that are destined for major retailers and coffee outlets such as Costa Coffee. Manufacturing food grade packaging solutions in APET, PP and HIPS – as well as rPET, which contains at leas

Empack 2018 welcomes the latest packaging technology

Packaging Solutions Empack will return to Birmingham’s NEC on the 28 February and 1 March 2018. The two day event will offer an opportunity for decision makers from major brands, converters and retailers to discover the latest technological advances in logistics and transit packaging, packaging machinery, robotics and automation. The show will also offer visitors the opportunity to get hands on with a range of new products, with many exhibitors choosing to launch their latest innovations live on the show floor. Paper and cardboard packaging manufacturers, Graficas Salaet, will be launching two new products at the show – its new Black Pizza Plate and its Step and Twist Tulip Cups. Also on sho

Moody's: Wood product growth supports stable outlook, offsetting commodity paper decline

Print Solutions The likelihood of strong profits from the wood products business, alongside higher prices and growth in paper packaging from increased e-commerce demand, will help to offset the secular declines in the printing and writing paper segment, says Moody's Investors Service in its annual sector outlook. As a result, the outlook for the global paper and forest products sector will remain stable in 2018. ‘The stable outlook for paper and forest products globally next year is underpinned by an expected 2 to 4% growth of our rated paper and forest products companies, as strength in the wood products and paper packaging subsectors offset decreased demand for commodity paper as the shift

Screen and Meccanotecnica collaborate for quality book finishing

Print Solutions Screen Europe and Meccanotecnica have announced a collaboration which will bring together Screen’s Equios Book Solution package with Universe Sewing from Meccanotecnica. Designed as a single interface to automate job management, Equios supports roll to book impositions required for high quality book finishing solutions. This latest development includes a special page order needed for Meccanotecnica’s Universe Sewing. It also includes a variable data processing function for the dynamic barcodes required to identify signatures and book blocks for sewing. ‘To ensure that the finished book is both excellent quality and good value for money, it is essential that accuracy and consi

Cracker of a Christmas campaign

Print Solutions Talking Print and 1st Impression are launching a stand out ‘Christmas Card’ business to business direct mail campaign. The creative Christmas Card mailer, which has been designed by both companies, is shaped like a Christmas cracker which once pulled apart reveals a video screen which plays ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ and showcases a show reel of innovative printed products with audio, light and video. The campaign is being targeted at leading printers, design and advertising agencies, as well as previous clients of both companies. David Hyams, managing director at Talking Print, said: ‘We, along with 1st Impression, felt the best way to showcase our talents and highlight

Thames Card Technology drives automation with two MBO machines

Print Solutions Rayleigh based card manufacturing, personalisation and fulfilment operation Thames Card Technology has invested in two MBO T460 compact buckle folding machines in a push to increase its automation. The two new machines, supplied by Friedheim International, were installed at the company’s premises at the end of November. The new MBO machines are being used as automatic paper cutting and handling lines to process print such as letters and inserts coming off its upgraded Xerox printing equipment as part of the automation drive and to cut turnaround times. Also, due to the small footprint of the two folders, valuable space will be freed up at the premises. Ché Colford, operations

PCL Digital enhances lamination service with Foliant

Print Solutions PCL Digital has expanded its lamination and added in-house foiling with investment in a Foliant Vega 400A laminator and a Foliant Multi-functional Inprinting Unit from Intelligent Finishing Systems. The newest addition is the Birmingham digital commercial printer’s third Foliant laminator in ten years. Nick Westley-Smith, managing director, said: ‘The latest spend is part of our five year plan to double our current capacity, adding new jobs as a result of the increased work. It will enable us to have more creative conversations with customers. We like to work collaboratively, and this allows us to offer something different.’ He continued, ‘We regularly produce menus and the r

Streamline seeks ‘world class’ status with Heidelberg investment

Print Solutions Customers of Streamline Press will benefit from faster deliveries, best in class colour, consistent top quality and cost competitiveness as a result of its investment in a ‘Push to Stop’ Speedmaster XL 106-5+L press. ‘Customers are at the forefront of our minds when we invest in equipment,’ said Mark Lockley, managing director of the Leicester company. ‘This press reduces our make ready times and waste and improves our overall productivity so is right for the short to medium runs we are expected to turn around at pace.’ Streamline is replacing two B1 presses, both five colour Speedmasters with coaters, with one Push to Stop press to give a net productivity increase of 20%. To

Dantex sells digital press to label start up at Labelexpo

Packaging Solutions Newly formed label company, Sudbury based WM Labels, has invested in a PicoColour UV inkjet digital press from the Dantex Group. The sale was brokered at the recent Labelexpo event held in Brussels in September. The installation of the press is taking place this month. Using the very latest in printhead technology to provide exceptional results, PicoColour is one of the most innovative printing press to be developed by the Dantex team. Being versatile and with a small footprint, the label printing system offers superb printed results and is suitable for short and long run jobs. Providing all the benefits of digital printing for today’s demanding production environment, in

Multiple awards success for Metsä Board’s SkinCare 2.0 gift box design

Packaging Solutions At the beginning of December, Metsä Board was named Champion of Packaging Printing, Paper Packaging, at the 29th Hong Kong Print Awards for its innovative SkinCare 2.0 gift box design. Created by Metsä Board’s packaging design team, the new improved SkinCare 2.0 gift box design demonstrates a more environmentally friendly design through the use of lighter weight paperboard materials and the elimination of the plastic wrap. In addition, each box offers an innovative opening and reclosing experience. At the same time each carton has been designed for maximum runnability performance on automated packaging lines. In addition, the SkinCare 2.0 gift box design also received a M

HH Global winner of the Amazon Growing Business award

Print Solutions HH Global has been announced winner of the Amazon Growing Business awards, in the 'Business of the Year: Larger Company' category. The Business of the Year: Larger Company award recognises world class privately owned UK companies with turnover of over £50 million. The announcement follows the release of financial results for the three months ended September 2017, in which HH Global demonstrated a 12% and 21.6% year on year growth in revenue and EBITDA respectively (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation). Robert MacMillan, Global CEO, said: ‘We are delighted to receive the Amazon Growing Business Award as recognition for our on-going growth and strong

Sun Chemical upgrades its safety data sheet online platform

Print Solutions Sun Chemical has upgraded its online safety data sheet (SDS) platform, which houses the of safety data of all its products. Done in collaboration with Verisk 3ET, the upgraded platform will improve customer access to safety data. 3E ProtectT, Verisk 3E's premier SDS and chemical management platform (formerly known as 3E Online – SDS), provides Sun Chemical's customers with streamlined access to safety data sheets via a mobile friendly site that is translated into more than 15 languages. Customers also have access to enhanced search functions and reports. ‘Our customers make it a top priority to comply with all of the strictest regulations globally, and Sun Chemical is committ

Skymark to innovate with Universal X6 Laser perforator

Packaging Solutions Since forming in 1987, Skymark Packaging has always been an innovator. One of the most tangible ways that it has done this is by on-going investment and development. Now, the company has announced that it has invested in a Universal X6 Laser perforation slitter rewinder. The Universal X6 Laser perforation slitter rewinder gives Skymark the capacity to process a wide range of flexible packaging films. During the slitting process films can be either perforated to modify the atmosphere within the package or scored to make packing easier to open for the consumer. The laser scoring technology on the X6 enables packaging films to be perforated to a high level of accuracy at spe

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